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The Ted Williams Villanelle by: Wendy Cope

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Transcript of The Ted Williams Villanelle by: Wendy Cope

The Ted Williams Villanelle by: Wendy Cope
Wendy Cope
Wendy Cope is a poet who was born the 21st of July of 1945 in Kent, England. Cope's poetry is known for parody and for using humor on serious topics.
Wendy Cope
The Ted Williams Villanelle
Watch the ball do your thing
This is the moment. Here's your chance.
Don't let anybody mess with your swing.

It's time to shine. You're in the ring,
Step Forward. Adopt a winning stance
Watch the ball and do your thing,

And while the ball is taking wing,
Run without a backward glance.
Don"t let anybody mess with your swing.

Don't let envious bastards bring
You down. Ignore the sneers, the cant's.
Watch the ball and do your thing.

Sing out, if you want to sing.
Jump, when you long to dance.
Don't let anybody mess with your awing.

Enjoy your talents. Have your fling.
The seasons change. The years advance.
Watch the ball and do your thing,
And don't let anybody mess with your swing.

Analysis
"The Ted Williams Villanelle" is about baseball. This poem advices to ignore the negative pressure around us. An example of this is, "Ignore the sneers, the cants. Watch the ball and do your thing." The whole poem basically about how one should just do what they got to do without giving care what others think or could possibly think or say to one.
Structural Elements
The poem has a three-line stanza structure, with a four-line stanza at the end. There are two lines, the first and third lines, that are repetetive in the poem. Line one reappers in stanzas 2, 4, and 6. Line 3 appears again in stanzas 3, 5, and 6. Both of the lines that have been repetetive were eventually combined on the last stanza.
Last Swing
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